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Simple Way: Greening a concrete jungle in Philadelphia



This Friday, G8 leaders – the world's largest economic powers – are expected to announce a Global Food Security Initiative. But hunger is not just a problem for developing countries. About one in six Americans will experience food insecurity, which means they will starve for at least a year. And the number of minorities is even greater – 25% of black households and 26% of Latino households have some degree of food security. After the outbreak of the recession, there are more hungry people in the United States than at any time since food security research began.

Residents in Kensington's North Philadelphia neighborhood are taking a pragmatic approach to addressing hunger and malnutrition in their community. They have grown gardens on rooftops, transformed vacant lots into mini-parks, and recently held a ribbon cutting ceremony in a high-tech aqueous greenhouse that delivers fruits, vegetables and fresh fish to the area's residents. Many of the efforts are organized through a non-profit Christian organization called the Simple Way – self-described "ordinary radicals" who have lived in the area for about 15 years. Founder of the Simple Way Shane Claiborne joined her neighbors to tell her story of a community of change.